The Oral History of Bus People

Oral History student reflects on benefits of impromptu histories as she waits for a bus

Stardust8032 on impromptu oral history:

The great thing about taking oral history is that I’ve learned that I can find stories anywhere, from anyone - even when waiting for the bus. Although these stories have nothing to do with my project, they were fun to hear, nevertheless.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on April 28, 2005 in • General
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iPod recorder hack for higher fidelity recording on an iPod

A hack to increase the iPod’s recording quality from 8kHz (the current low, icky rate) up to 96kHz

ipod hackaday: how to record on your ipod (for free). [via Broadcast & Podcast Gadgets]

And you don’t need the Belkin or Griffin add-on microphones, either. Just plug in your own mic. Requires models that can use podzilla (open source software to port Linux onto the iPod). Works with 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation iPods.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on April 26, 2005 in • AudioAudio: Hardware
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Mike Hurst’s Sound Editing presentation

Synopsis and tutorial movie as part of Sound Editing Training Day (March 15), in NE England.

Written synopsis and links to digital video demo (RealPlayer, QuickTime, Windows Media Player) of using Adobe Audition (Win only) software and the various commands used to minimally process sound to obtain a better quality recording.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on April 21, 2005 in • AudioAudio: Software
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Saturn to Sponsor StoryCorps Oral History Project

Saturn to be the sole corporate sponsor of the Story Corps project, which will go to 35 cities in the first year.

Press Release

StoryCorps will travel to about 35 cities in the first year in specially equipped mobile recording studios. In each city, people will be able to conduct oral history interviews with a friend, colleague or family member, with the help of a trained facilitator. At the end of the forty-minute session, the participants will be given a broadcast-quality CD of their interview. With permission, a second copy will be archived at the Library of Congress, providing generations to come with access to these moving stories.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on April 18, 2005 in • Oral history in the news
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Talking History: Aural history and Oral History

Based at the University of Albany, SUNY. Has a weekly broadcast/internet radio program, Talking History.

Talking History home page. Site has links to shows in Real Media and MP3 formats. (Also, the Talking History page at

Our mission is to provide teachers, students, researchers and the general public with as broad and outstanding a collection of audio documentaries, speeches, debates, oral histories, conference sessions, commentaries, archival audio sources, and other aural history resources as is available anywhere. We hope to expand our understanding of history by exploring the audio dimensions of our past, and we hope to enlarge the tools and venues of historical research and publication by promoting production of radio documentaries and other forms of aural ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on in • AudioOnline Oral History CollectionsOral history in the news
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Transom Tools: Marantz PMD 660

Review of the Marantz PMD 660, Solid-state digital recorder at

Jeff Towne: The Marantz PMD 660

But they [digital recorders] also require some shifts of paradigm: we no longer record onto a master tape or disc, which will then be saved in an archive. Instead, audio is recorded to a memory card, then transferred to a computer, after which the card is erased and used again.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on April 09, 2005 in • AudioAudio: Hardware
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The memory of oranges

Citrus days preserved in oral history by Cal State Fullerton

OC’s article on the Oral History project  (Reg Req’d, use Bugmenot to bypass registration)

Through a $5,000 grant from the California Stories Fund, Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Oral and Public History center conducted 21 interviews with former packinghouse workers, pickers in the fields, growers, and anyone who lived during the farming era to create the history project titled “Packed Up, Squeezed Out: The Citrus Industry in Placentia.”

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on April 07, 2005 in • Oral history in the news
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What Happened To Audio

Gregory Narain at Corante on recent search engine announcements to index video, skipping over audio

Corante What Happened To Audio link:

I’ve often wondered why video was the next indexed platform, however. Sure, video killed the radio star, but then again audio came first. It seems like we’ve barely mastered the audio techniques, audio recognition, and things of that like but we’re skipping over our roots.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on April 05, 2005 in • Audio
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